Music can touch us not just by sliding smoothly through our ears but, more importantly, by speaking intimately to our hearts. Such is the case for the kind of sound that artists Ebe Dancel, Johnoy Danao, and Bullet Dumas (collectively known as 3D) create. With a tenderness that soars and an artistry that stuns in the most unassuming of ways, these musicians are uniquely soulful as individuals, making their trio even more stirring.
Come June 9, Ebe, Johnoy, and Bullet will be staging a concert at the Kia Theater that will surely thrill every music fan across the board. Complete with an orchestra in the form of The Manila Sting Machine Orchestra, a full band setup, and special guests, there's no doubt that this musical affair will rouse our hearts thrice as much or even more.
But before the big night, we caught up with 3D to talk about the current local music scene that they're all proud to be part of. For Ebe, who was also the frontman of iconic act Sugarfree, the artist-fan aspect of it is evolving more than ever. "I wouldn't say that there's a renewed interest in OPM because it was never really gone," he starts. "But it has evolved in a way that the artists are accessible because of social media, and that's the kind of experience that the fans want. They are not content with simply being a listener; they have to know and experience more."
Considering that the gig scene is also thriving, Johnoy cites music festivals as another avenue for a whole new level of interaction among fans and exposure to different genres of music. "Actually, maganda din 'yung concept ng mga festivals ngayon na nakakapag-share ng audience yung mga artist na may iba-ibang genre," he claims. "Tapos marerealize ng audience na ‘Uy, and ganda din pala ng music na 'yun na hindi ko pinapakinggan dati.' Since music fan ka, kahit anong music pa yan, magugustuhan mo."
For Bullet, the new-found fearlessness of his fellow young crops is what he delights in the most. He shares, "Mas adventurous 'yung sound ng kabataan ngayon. ‘Di na sila natatakot maging iba." Ebe affirms this saying, "It’s always a good time to be a musician, but things are particularly exciting right now."
And for those who want to thrive in this thrilling age of local music, 3D imparts valuable knowledge to young musicians as we ask them for pieces of advice they would give to their younger selves. Watch our video below to find out what Ebe, Johnoy, and Bullet have to say to their music newbie selves:
Catch 3D: Danao, Dancel, Dumas at the Kia Theater on June 9, 2018 for IISA. For ticket info and other updates, check ticketnet.com.ph or head over to their official Facebook page.
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